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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Admire

ADMI'RE, verb transitive [Latin admiror, ad and miror, to wonder; demiror. See Moor and Mar.]

1. To regard with wonder or surprise, mingled with approbation, esteem, reverence or affection.

When he shall come to be glorified in his saints and be admired in all them that love him. 2 Thessalonians 1:10.

This word has been used in an ill sense, but seems now correctly restricted to the sense here given, and implying something great, rare or excellent, in the object admired.

2. To regard with affection; a familiar term for to love greatly.

ADMI'RE, verb intransitive To wonder; to be affected with slight surprise; sometimes with at; as, to admire at his own contrivance.

To admire at sometimes implies disapprobation.